Andréa Burns Joins West Side Story Movie

Film & TV News   Andréa Burns Joins West Side Story Movie
The stage veteran, who began her career playing Maria, returns to the title in a new role for the screen.
Andréa Burns
Andréa Burns Marc J. Franklin

Andréa Burns is the latest stage favorite to join the cast of Steven Spielberg's West Side Story movie. She'll play Fausta, a role new to the musical.

The movie, currently filming in New York City, is slated to arrive in theatres December 18, 2020.

Burns, most recently seen on Broadway in the Gloria Estefan bio-musical On Your Feet!, got her professional start playing Maria in West Side Story, touring various European opera houses. Her additional credits include In the Heights (a screen adaptation of which is also in production), The Nance, and The Ritz. She also recently appeared in the Encores! Off-Center presentation of Working.

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Ansel Elgort and newcomer Rachel Zegler will star as star-crossed Tony and Maria, with Tony nominee Ariana DeBose as Anita, David Alvarez as Bernardo, Josh Andrés Rivera as Chino, Tony nominee Brian d’Arcy James as Officer Krupke, Corey Stoll as Lietenant Schrank, Tony nominee Mike Faist as Riff, and EGOT winner and star of the original film Rita Moreno, who’ll play the newly created Valentina.

A host of Broadway alumni help fill out the cast, including Paloma Garcia-Lee, David and Jacob Guzman, Ricky Ubeda, Ben Cook, Sara Esty, Garett Hawe, Tanairi Vazquez, Eloise Kropp, and Jess LeProtto.

Burns has been a special guest performer on Playbill Travel’s Broadway on the High Seas cruises, and will be a part of Broadway in Bordeaux With Michael Feinstein (September 1–9, 2019), alongside Tony winner Paulo Szot; Playbill Travel is currently accepting waitlist travelers. Cabins are also now on sale for Broadway in the Great Northwest, Playbill Travel’s first domestic cruise featuring Kate Baldwin, Christopher Fitzgerald, and Aaron Lazar (April 26–May 4, 2020), and for Broadway on the Mediterranean (August 31–September 7, 2020), featuring Audra McDonald, Will Swenson, Gavin Creel, Lindsay Mendez, and more to be announced. Call Playbill Travel for tickets at 866-455-6789 or visit

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